A Scrawl – A Love Poem

scrawlSince Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to post this little love poem called "A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley.  You can listen to a recording of it below and read along with the poem.

MP3 Recording of A Scrawl

A Scrawl

By James Whitcomb Riley


I want to sing something– but this is all–

I try and I try, but the rhymes are dull

As though they were damp, and the echoes fall

Limp and unlovable.


Words will not say what I yearn to say–

They will not walk as I want them to,

But they stumble and fall in the path of the way

Of my telling my love for you.


Simply take what the scrawl is worth–

Knowing I love you as sun the sod

On the ripening side of the great round earth

That swings in the smile of God.

Read by Sky Albatross

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